A step-by-step guide to taking a backup of your site

The best thing that you can do for your website is to keep it up to date and backed up! Doing the later will give you the peace of mind that your website can always be restored should you get hacked or you make a ‘mess up’ of your site.

There are several different plugins and ways that you can create a backup for your website and most of them are very simple to install and use.

In this post, I’m going to be sharing my top two plugins that I use for taking backups of clients websites – Duplicator & UpdraftPlus

A guide to taking a backup of your WordPress website

  1. Duplicator

    I’ve been using Duplicator for a very the longest time ever.

    Duplicator is a great plugin for migrating, copying, moving or cloning a site from one location to another. I even sometimes us Duplicator as a backup tool, the only downside is you can’t schedule backups and have to take them manually.

    Below I’ve recorded a step-by-step tutorial video that will guide you through the process of taking a backup using Duplicator.

  2. UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

    This is another free plugin that I like to use on all my client’s websites. ‘It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over a million currently-active installs.’ 

    UpdraftPlus allows you to backup your files and database and either store it in the cloud or get it emailed directly to your inbox.

    Another bonus of UpdraftPlus is that you can schedule your backups so you never have to worry about them!

    Below you’ll find all the steps you need to follow in order to use UpdraftPlus to take backups on your WordPress website.


I hope that this blog post helped you think a bit more about taking backups for your WordPress website and that after today you’ll take the necessary steps to implement some form of a backup solution on your website.

As always if you have any questions please pop them in the comments below, I’d be more than happy to help you out.

If you liked this blog post you might also find this post on Why Website Updates Matter helpful in keeping your website in tip-top shape!

2 Comments

  1. Alet on 4th October 2017 at 9:38 am

    Thanks, Nicola, just configured Updraft auto-backups.

  2. […] All this week we’ve been looking at keeping your website in tip-top shape. On Tuesday we touched on Website Updates and why they matter and then yesterday I shared with you two plugins I use to take backups of my client’s websites. […]

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